Reap the Value of Creative Collaboration

Sometimes when I'm in a rut–in my studio or in my life–all I need is a change of scene to get me going again. In the past month, I've had the opportunity to experience a lot of new scenery: a family reunion by the ocean, a speaking engagement in New York City, a planning session in Houston for the next Quilt Scene, followed by a retreat at the Creativity Center in La Grange, Texas.

And let's not forget the biggest change of scene of all, the view of the Rocky Mountains from our new home in Colorado.

As a result, I think it is safe to say I am not in a rut and I have plenty of creative fodder for my art quilting ventures!

In fact, it hasn't been just the physical scenery that has given me a creative boost, but the interactions with co-creators at each stop.

That's why I'm so looking forward to my next two opportunities to get a change of scene and hang out with like-minded creative people: Make It University!TM at the International Quilt Festival/Long Beach and CREATE, our new retreat from Cloth Paper Scissors that celebrates artistic expression through mixed media.

I'll be heading to California for MIU!TM July 22-25. We have an impressive line-up of workshop teachers and artists creating right on the show floor in our Open Studios, including Alisa Burke, Lisa Engelbrecht, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Jenison, Jane LaFazio, Jeannie Moore, and Judy Perez. See the updated list of artists and get more information on the Events page of the Quilting Arts Community.

CREATE will be held just outside of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois, August 25-29. It's 4½ exhilarating days of hands-on workshops in many technique themes. You can choose from 60 sessions on: Fabric Fusion, Bookmaking & Art Journaling, Surface Design, Sewing & Quilting, Printmaking & Collage, Mixed Media & Metal, and Mixed Media Jewelry.

The Make It University!TM workshops are filled by lottery at the show, but the CREATE classes must be registered for in advance, and they are filling up. So, be sure to sign up for your favorites ASAP on the CREATE site

Each event allows plenty of opportunities for sharing ideas, making new friends, learning new techniques, and brainstorming. Not to mention the chance to see an amazing array of some of the best fiber and mixed-media art in the country.

For a change of scene and a creative boost, I can think of no two better places to be this summer than MIU/Long Beach and CREATE!

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